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Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella on November 7, 1942 in New York City) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was versatile enough to do folk songs, blues, covers of old-time Rock n' roll songs, and some original material, all of them in his own unique style. Rivers's greatest success came in the mid and late 1960s with a string of hit songs (including "Seventh Son," "Poor Side of Town" and "Secret Agent Man") but he has continued to record and perform to the present.

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  Album Songs Year Label Releases   Offer
1 17 Hits A-Go-Go ? 2008 EMI Europe Generic  
2 Classic ? 2008 Som Livre  
3 Starpower [Bell] 16 2008 Bell  
4 Touch of Gold/Wild Night 22 2008 Beat Goes On  
5 Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 36 2006 Shout! Factory/Soul City  
6 Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964 - 2006 18 2006  
7 Summer Rain: The Essential Rivers (1964-1975) 25 2006 Raven  
8 Golden Hits 22 2005 Magic  
9 Reinvention Highway 14 2004 Soul City  
10 Star Power 18 2002 Intermedia  
11 Back at the Whisky [live] 14 2001 Soul City  
12 Original 18 2000 Disky  
13 Rewind/Realization 21 2000 BGO 2  
14 Slim Slo Slider/Home Grown 23 1999 BGO  
15 All-Time Greatest Hits 36 1998 EMI-Capitol  
16 Last Train to Memphis 13 1998 Soul City 2  
17 Memphis Sun Recordings, The 20 1998 Soul City  
18 Original #1, The 18 1998 DISKY  
19 Johnny Rivers in Action!/Changes 24 1997 BGO  
20 20 Greatest Hits 20 1996 Tee Vee [Canada] 2  
21 Johnny Rivers Rocks the Folk/Meanwhile Back at the Whisky A-Go-Go [live] 24 1996 BGO  
22 20 Rock & Roll Hits 20 1995 EMI  
23 At the Whisky a Go Go/Here We a Go Go Again! 22 1995 BGO 2  
24 Totally Live at the Whiskey a Go Go 22 1995 Capitol  
25 Changes/Rewind 23 1993 Capitol 2  
26 Rockin' & Rollin' ? 1992 CEMA  
27 Rockin' the Hits ? 1992 CEMA  
28 Anthology 1964-1977 19 1991 Rhino  
29 Anthology, 1964-1977 36 1991 Rhino  
30 Greatest Hits 10 1991 CEMA Special Markets 2  
31 Good Rockin' ? 1990 Pair  
32 Best of Johnny Rivers [Capitol], The ? 1987 EMI America 4  
33 Greatest Hits [Capitol] 10 1985 CEMA 4  
34 Johnny Rivers' Greatest Hits [MCA] 10 1985 MCA 4  
35 12 Hits Originais 12 1983 Som Livre  
36 Not A Through Street 12 1983 CBS 2  
37 Johnny Rivers Story, The ? 1982  
38 Portrait of Johnny Rivers, A ? 1982  
  Album Songs Year Label Releases   Offer
39 Borrowed Time ? 1980 RSO  
40 Outside Help 9 1978 Soul City  
41 Wild Night 10 1976 United Artists  
42 Help Me Rhonda ? 1975 Epic  
43 New Loves & Old Friends 10 1975 Epic  
44 Last Boogie in Paris [live] 8 1974 Varese  
45 Road 10 1974 Atlantic 2  
46 Rockin' Rivers [Canadian] ? 1974 United Artists  
47 Blue Suede Shoes 10 1973 United Artists Records 2  
48 Blue Suede Shoes 11 1973 United Artists Records  
49 History of Johnny Rivers, The ? 1973 Liberty  
50 Super Pak ? 1973 United Artists  
51 Johnny Rivers [1972] ? 1972 United Artists 2  
52 L.A. Reggae 12 1972 United Artists Records 3  
53 Superpak 21 1972 United Artists Records  
54 Very Best Of Johnny Rivers, The 12 1972 United Artists Records 4  
55 Home Grown 11 1971 United Artists  
56 Slim Slo Slider 12 1970 Liberty 2  
57 Touch Of Gold, A 12 1969 Imperial 2  
58 Early Years, The ? 1968 Sunset  
59 Groovin' ? 1968 Sears  
60 Live At The Whisky A Go-Go 6 1968 Liberty 2  
61 Mr. Teenage ? 1968 Sears  
62 Realization 10 1968 Imperial 4  
63 Rewind 11 1967 Imperial 2  
64 ...And I Know You Wanna Dance 12 1966 Imperial 3  
65 Changes 12 1966 Imperial 3  
66 John Lee Hooker + More live at the whiskey-a-go-go 17 1966  
67 Johnny Rivers' Golden Hits 11 1966 United Artists Records 3  
68 Great Johnny Rivers, The ? 1965 Unart  
69 Johnny Rivers Rocks The Folk 12 1965 Imperial 2  
70 Johnny Rivers in Action! ? 1965 Imperial  
71 Meanwhile Back at the Whiskey A-Go-Go [live] ? 1965 Imperial  
72 Go Johnny, Go ? 1964 United Artists  
73 Here We A-Go-Go Again ? 1964 Imperial  
74 Johnny Rivers At The Whisky A Go-Go 11 1964 Imperial  
75 Johnny Rivers at the Whiskey A-Go-Go [live] ? 1964 Imperial  
76 Sensational Johnny Rivers, The ? 1964 Capitol  
77 John Lee Hooker 6 1963 Sunset Records 3  
  Album Songs Year Label Releases   Offer
78 Whisky A Go-Go Revisited 6 1963 Sunset Records 4  
79 36 All Time Greatest Hits - Volume 1 12  
80 36 All-Time Greatest Hits - Volume 3 12  
81 Johnny Rivers - 12 Hits 12  
82 Romance ? RSO  
83 Swinging Shindig 10 Cornet  

  Single Songs   Year Label Releases   Offer
1 Baby I Need Your Lovin' / Summer Rain 2 1993 Collectables  
2 Outside Help / Swayin' To The Music (Slow Dancin') 2 1977 Big Tree Records  
3 Can I Change My Mind 2 1975 Epic  
4 Help Me Rhonda / New Lovers & Old Friends 2 1975 Epic, Soul City (2)  
5 John Lee Hooker 74 2 1975 Atlantic  
6 Bye Bye Johnny 2 1974 United Artists Records  
7 Six Days On The Road 2 1974 Atlantic  
8 Baby I Need Your Lovin' / Poor Side Of Town 2 1973 Silver Spotlight  
9 Rockin' Pneumonia - Boogie Woogie Flu / Come Home America 2 1972 United Artists Records  
10 Sea Cruise 2 1971 United Artists Records  
11 Fire & Rain / Apple Tree 2 1970 Imperial  
12 Into The Mystic / Jesus Is A Soul Man 2 1970 Imperial  
13 Seventh Son 2 1970 Liberty  
14 These Are Not My People / Going Back To Big Sur 2 1969 Imperial  
15 Better Life / Right Relations, A 2 1968 Imperial  
16 Baby I Need Your Lovin' / Gettin' Ready For Tomorrow 2 1967 Imperial  
17 Summer Rain / Memory Of The Coming Good 2 1967 Imperial  
18 Tracks Of My Tears / Rewind Melody, The 2 1967 Imperial  
19 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water 2 1966 Liberty  
20 Poor Side Of Town / A Man Can Cry 2 1966 Imperial  
21 Secret Agent Man 2 1966 Imperial  
22 Memphis Tennessee / It Wouldn't Happen With Me 2 1964 Imperial 2  
23 Mountain Of Love / Moody River 2 1964 Imperial  
24 Baby I Need Your Lovin' / The Tracks Of My Tears 2 Imperial  
25 Classic Hits Collection 4  
26 Maybelline / Mountain Of Love 2 Imperial  
27 Secret Agent Man 4 Polydor  
28 Seventh Son 3 Polydor  
29 Where Have All The Flowers Gone / By The Time I Get To Phoenix 2 Imperial  
30 Whiter Shade Of Pale / Brother, Where Are You, A 2 Liberty, Toshiba Records  



Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella on November 7, 1942 in New York City) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was versatile enough to do folk songs, blues, covers of old-time Rock n' roll songs, and some original material, all of them in his own unique style. Rivers's greatest success came in the mid and late 1960s with a string of hit songs (including "Seventh Son," "Poor Side of Town" and "Secret Agent Man") but he has continued to record and perform to the present.

In 1960, Rivers met fellow Louisianan, James Burton, the guitar player for Ricky Nelson. Burton later recommended one of Rivers's songs to Nelson, who went on to record it. In 1961, Rivers went to Los Angeles to meet Nelson, and ended up relocating there, working as a song writer and studio musician. In 1963, Rivers's big break came when he temporarily filled in for a jazz combo at Bill Gazzari's night club; the temporary gig became long-term due to positive customer response.

In 1964, Elmer Valentine then gave Rivers a one-year contract to open his new club, Whisky a Go Go, on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The Whisky opened three days before The Beatles released "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and the British Invasion knocked almost every American artist off the top of the charts. But Rivers was so popular, producer Lou Adler decided to issue Johnny Rivers Live At The Whiskey A Go Go. The live album reached #12 on the charts and the single "Memphis" (a Chuck Berry cover) reached #2. Rivers made the successful transition from nightclub entertainer to chart-busting pop singer and had created the Go Go sound, part of a scene which included Go-Go dancers. Into 1965, Rivers continued to record mostly live, Go Go style records including "Maybellene" (another Berry cover), which he followed "Mountain of Love", "Midnight Special", "Seventh Son" (written by Willie Dixon) e "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" (with Pete Seeger's), all of which were hits.

Rivers wanted to try something different and adopted a more idiosyncratic approach as from 1966. Characterized by his smooth, soulful voice, he produced hit portrayals as "Poor Side Of Town", which would be his biggest hit ever and his only number one record. Into another hit was "Secret Agent Man", the theme from Secret Agent television series (written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri). He also started own record company, Soul City Records, where he won a Grammy Award as the producer of the 5th Dimension, which eventually recorded "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In" and "Wedding Bell Blues", two number one hits on Rivers' label. Johnny is also credited with giving songwriter Jimmy Webb a major break when they recorded Webb's song "Up, Up, and Away". James Hendricks, one of the artists of that signed with Soul City, wrote "Summer Rain", a song that Rivers recorded and turned a hit.

Johnny Rivers continued to record more hits, including "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and "The Tracks of My Tears" (cover of The Miracles), both top 10 in 1967. In 1968, Rivers released what many fans consider his best album, Realization, a number five album on the LP charts. The album was evocative of the psychedelic influences of the time and marked a subtle change in his musical direction, with more thoughtful types of songs, included such ballads as "Going Back to Big Sur".

In the 1970s, Rivers continued to record more songs and albums which were a success with music critics, but did not sell as well as some of his earlier hits. One of these albums, "L.A. Reggae" in 1972, reached the LP charts as a result of the top 10 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" (a cover of Huey Smith & the Clowns). Anothers hits that time were "Blue Suede Shoes" (a cover of Carl Perkins), in 1973, which would reach the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Help Me Rhonda", in 1975 - a cover of The Beach Boys on which Brian Wilson helped with backup vocals. His last entry on the charts was "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancing)", a top ten hit in 1977.

1980's until nowadays Rivers continued recording into the '80's, although his recording career wound down somewhat. In spite of his music hasn't reached the best seller charts for quite a while, Rivers is still touring, doing 50 to 60 shows a year, increasingly returning to the blues that inspired him initially. In 1998], Rivers reactivated his Soul City imprint and released Last Train to Memphis, his first new studio album in 15 years. In early 2000, Johnny recorded with Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and Paul McCartney on a tribute album dedicated to Buddy Holly's backup band, "The Crickets". In all, Rivers had 9 top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 17 in the top 40 from 1964 to 1977. In total, he has sold well over 25 million records.

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